Kazuhiro Yamauchi

Kazuhiro Yamauchi (山内 一弘, Yamauchi Kazuhiro, May 1, 1932 – February 2, 2009) was a Japanese baseball player and manager. He played for the Mainichi Orions, the Hanshin Tigers and the Hiroshima Toyo Carp over the span of an 18 season-long career (1952–1970).

Kazuhiro Yamauchi
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Yamauchi in 1956
Born: (1932-05-01)May 1, 1932
Ichinomiya, Aichi, Japan
Died: February 2, 2009(2009-02-02) (aged 76)
Tokyo, Japan
Batted: Right Threw: Right
1952, for the Mainichi Orions
Last appearance
1970, for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
Career statistics
Batting average.292
Home runs396
As player
As manager/coach
Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
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Election MethodCompetitors Award

Yamauchi was the first Japanese professional baseball player to hit 300 home runs, achieving that feat in 1963.[1] Some of his career stats include 7,702 at bats, 1,218 runs, 2,271 hits, 396 home runs, 1,286 runs batted in, 118 stolen bases, 1,061 walks, and a batting average of .292.[1]

After retiring as a player in 1970, he went on to become an NPB manager and coach for nearly 30 years.

He was a founding member of the Meikyukai ("The Golden Players Club") in 1978, and was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.[2]

Yamauchi died of liver failure in a Tokyo hospital on February 2, 2009. He was 76.[2]

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